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Old 06-30-2013, 11:23 PM
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Bushwalker Bushwalker is offline
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Originally Posted by Bushwalker

An Axe: If I had a base camp, I would prefer an axe around 3lb (+handle) or less, with a middling sized handle, over a hatchet. I have my eye on a nice Fiskars brand axe in the local hardware store here, that I reckon would go nicely kept in the back of my SUV. If I needed something lighter they also had a nice little survival hatchet, under 12" long, just over 2 lb.

And a Saw: A fixed saw like a Bowsaw for a basecamp; while a lighter folding saw would be the go if moving around...

Well, I got around to actually purchasing the Fiskars 'half size' axe last week ~ it's their "X15" chopping model, made in Finland (some of their more "cheaper" lines of tools are now being manufactured in China..), with a 599 mm/23.5" composite handle (nylon-fibreglass..), and an all up weight of 1520 grams (just over 3.3 pounds ~ so the head is probably somewhere ~2.5 lbs, or a little more?).

First impressions is that it feels comfortable and well balanced to hold in one hand. Now I will just have to see how it stands up to a bit of "real world" abuse - especially how the composite handle lasts..

Stay tuned for a follow up, maybe in a year or two.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:43 PM
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purplesherifftaylor purplesherifftaylor is offline
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I've done lots of firebuilding without ever touching an axe or saw. Of course, that's in more primitive areas where there is a variety of nice, dry deadfall. I can always start a fire and keep it going without having to split wood.

That being said, I prefer the Sven saw type saws to those other ones.

Looking at the Bahco and Hunters Specialties, I just think "No way would I want to saw limbs with that." It looks like a tool for installing drywall.
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